Entire Troop Earns Highest Rank
August 25th, 2016 by Denise Porter
Tillamook, Oregon, Troop 582 Eagle Scouts, from left, Noah Hoefler, Sam Johnston, Garryn Crist, Deacon Fladstol, Travis Princehouse and Colin Farrier. Photo by Mark Farrier

Tillamook, Oregon, Troop 582 Eagle Scouts, from left, Noah Hoefler, Sam Johnston, Garryn Crist, Deacon Fladstol, Travis Princehouse and Colin Farrier.
Photo by Mark Farrier

In one of the rarest events in Oregon Boy Scout history, six teenagers in Tillamook—the entirety of Troop 582—earned their Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank a Boy Scout can attain.

Five members of the troop received their Eagle Scout rank in a special ceremony last April. They were Sam Johnston, Garryn Crist, Noah Hoefler, Deacon Fladstol and Travis Princehouse. The sixth member, Colin Farrier, was awarded his Eagle Scout rank in 2015.

“In all my scouting experience, I have not personally known of a whole Scout troop receiving their Eagle Scout awards,” says Russ Dewey, who has been involved in scouting for 40 years and is the Tillamook District commissioner with the Cascade Pacific Boy Scout Council.

In 2014, the most recent data available, only 6 percent of the nearly 860,000 Boy Scouts in the U.S. earned this honor, according to www.scoutingmagazine.org. On average, since 1912—when scouting was established—only 2 percent of Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Russ says he has never heard of five Boy Scouts receiving their Eagle Scout rank at a single Court of Honor—a special ceremony to honor both the Eagle Scout and his parents.

Troop 582’s ceremony drew a packed house. It was marked by speeches by each Scout chronicling his path to Eagle and thanking those who helped get him there.

At the ceremony, Troop 582 Scoutmaster Mark Farrier was honored with a District Award of Merit “in recognition of his dedication and performance,” says Russ.

“To have all six of my boys make Eagle has been a great honor,” says Mark. “It is a milestone event that both the boys and I will cherish forever.”